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Mangano approval rating up; has $2M for re-election


Mineola: Going into his re-election year, Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano is enjoying his highest approval rating ever, according to a Newsday/Siena Research Institute poll, suggesting that he is benefiting from his performance during superstorm Sandy.

Of Nassau County residents, 51% said they had a "favorable" view of Mangano, while 29 percent said "unfavorable.

"For Ed Mangano to be a plus-22 [percentage points] going into an election year is a pretty strong position," a Siena spokesperson said. Even 44% of Democrats surveyed gave the county executive a thumbs up, 36% a thumbs down. The survey of 381 Nassau residents was conducted in early January for Newsday.

Meanwhile, the New York State Board of Elections records show Mangano, a Republican, raised $826,000 for his re-election during the final six months of 2012 and now has more than $2.3 million in cash on hand.

His only announced opponent, Democrat Adam Haber (a restaurateur and retired Wall Street trader), too has over $2 million (based in large part on a personal loan) in his campaign funds.



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